Just under 100 exceptional and rare bottles will be offered in Heckler's Auction #108, March 17-26 Heckler’s absentee Auction 108 will offer 96 exceptional glass items in a compact but potent sale, beginning March 17th and ending March 26th (at 10 p.m EST). The auction is at hecklerauction.com.
a Stoddard or Keene glasshouse (est. $7,500-$15,000) stands out because of the unusually large flared mouth which is particularly interesting because it has no damage despite its delicate nature. Another standout lot is a beautiful bright golden amber “Howard’s / Vegetable / Cancer & / Canker Syrup” medicine bottle from a Stoddard (N.H.) glasshouse, circa 1846-1860 (est. $6,000-$12,000).
All four black glass bottles in the auction are fine examples. One is a sealed wine bottle, probably made in England circa 1820-1830, which is historically significant because it was made for the Massachusetts politician Jonathan Mason (est. $600-$1,200). Another English sealed wine bottle in a deep olive green reads “Jno Croad-Esqr.-Keyham / 1797”, with an estimate of $800-$1,600. The deep olive green “T Bailey” sealed wine bottle was probably made in England between 1760 and 1770 (est. $1,000-$2,000). The base embossed “New Eng Glass Bottle Co” rum bottle is the only American black glass bottle in this auction, estimated at $600-$1,200.
Among the seven bitters in the sale is a beautiful yellow green ear of corn “National Bitters” figural bottle, with an early multicolored painted surface, made in America circa 1860-1880 (est. $3,000-$6,000). A “Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters” Indian queen figural bottle, circa 1860-1880 catches the eye in a brilliant golden yellow with a topaz tone estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
There are a number of rare and exceptional ink bottles and inkwells in this auction. A “J.L. Thompson / Troy N-Y” master ink bottle in a bright yellow olive is unlisted and extremely rare with an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The unusual square form of a Pitkin type inkwell probably from Manchester, Conn., circa 1783-1830, estimated at $1,500-$3,000, should draw attention. Another master ink bottle to take note of is the “North & / Warrin’s / Fine Ink” circa 1840-1860, dark grayish blue green in color (est. $500-$1,000).
Among all these exceptional bottles is a little gem. A rare utility item in a freeblown egg form will catch the fancy of many a collector because of its distinctive shape. The little light yellow olive bottle was probably manufactured at a Connecticut glasshouse and is only 3 ˝ inches tall (est. $400-$800).
Previews will be held from February 25 to March 15 at Heckler’s showroom, located at 79 Bradford Corner Road in Woodstock Valley, Conn. There, collectors will be able to inspect the bottles being offered during regular business hours of 9-4, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment or to order a color catalog, bidders may call (860) 974-1634.
Norman C. Heckler & Company was founded in 1987 as a full-service auction and appraisal firm. Today it is the foremost auction house in the U.S. for antique glass. In Oct. 2010, the firm set a record for an antique glass bottle at auction when a General Jackson eagle portrait flask went for $176,670. In addition to glass, the firm also offers early American antique items.
Norman C. Heckler & Company is accepting quality consignments for future sales. To inquire about consigning a